Sunday May 19, 2024 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tour Location: Oliver Meeting Place: Fairview Townsite Parking Lot - Fairview Rd. - 3km west of Oliver, BC
Meeting Place Map
This tour is adopted by:  John Timmers

Tour 41 – Greasewood and Ghost Towns

Tour Leaders: Don Gayton, Ariel Vernon & Larry Shannon

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Description Of This Tour

Join us on an eclectic tour of Fairview, the Okanagan’s own Gold Rush Ghost Town. The Fairview Townsite, near Oliver, hosts the endangered shrub Antelope Bitterbrush (aka Greasewood). This remarkable shrub supports a diverse community of microbes, ants, butterflies and rodents, as well as having Indigenous cultural uses. We will then take the short drive to Tinhorn Winery, hike through the vineyard and inspect the ruins of a century-old gold stamp mill. Join landscape architect Ariel Vernon, local historian Larry Shannon and ecologist/wine aficionado Don Gayton as we explore gold fever, viticulture and shrub ecology.

Tour Leaders: Don Gayton, Ariel Vernon & Larry Shannon

Please be prepared for all sorts of weather – hot, sunny, windy, cold and rain too! Dress in layers and bring all-weather clothing, sunscreen, a sun hat, sturdy hiking footwear, a snack and at least 1 litre of water for all tours and events. For longer walks and hikes you will need at least 2 litres of water, as well as snacks and a bagged lunch (if not provided). Cameras, binoculars and plant and bird field guides are optional but add to your enjoyment. Please note any additional items to bring if applicable for your tour.


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Tour Details

Difficulty Level: 2-3

Price: $25.00

+ Price Includes: N/A

 Max Group: 20

Additional Items To Bring

  • bag lunch,
  • sit-upon,
  • walking shoes/boots.
  • Dress for the weather.


Location: Oliver

Meeting Place:  Fairview Townsite Parking Lot - Fairview Rd. - 3km west of Oliver

Transportation: None

Age Permitted